The discovery of mitochondria is accredited to the several scientists who contributed to the discovery of mitochondrion and identification of its structure and functions. The earliest accounts of description of mitochondria go back to 1840. However, Richard Altmann was the first one to recognize the occurrence of these organelles and called them bioblasts. The name mitochondria was coined by Carl Benda in 1898.
Christian de Duve was a Belgian researcher who discovered lysosomes in 1949.